New national kidney donor program helps hard-to-match patients

I’m reposting this article by Helen Branswell of the Canadian Press (via cbc.ca).

New national kidney donor program helps hard-to-match patients

New program aims to help hard-to-match kidney transplant patients find organ

By Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press Posted: May 22, 2015 10:13 AM CT

A new program is helping match Canadians in need of kidney donations with donors across the country. (IStock)

A new program is helping match Canadians in need of kidney donations with donors across the country. (IStock)

A new national program has been set up to help hard-to-match people waiting for kidney transplants to get the organs they need.

The program is designed to assist people who are “highly sensitized,” meaning they already have high levels of antibodies to foreign tissues.

These patients are very likely to reject donor kidneys unless there is a close match between them and the donor tissue, but making that match has proved to be a tough thing to do.

Highly sensitized patients make up about 20 per cent of the people waiting for kidney transplants, but historically they have received less than one per cent of the kidneys transplanted in this country.

The new program, operated by Canadian Blood Services, has created a national system for highly sensitized patients.

Organs can come from any part of Canada

In the past, these people would need to wait for well-matched kidney from within their own province; now they will be eligible to get donor organs from any part of the country, if the organ is a good match.

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